When the video for Mumford & Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer" begins, you think: snoozer. It looks like it might just be a few minutes of Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, and Ed Helms goofing off, but only enough not to offend humorless folk fans.
Then suddenly, at a minute and a half, the whole thing picks up. The song goes from a sort of ballad to Mumford (and presumably sons) breaking down and bringing out tons of feelings. And then the actors start to act really funny.
The magical part of this video is how the amusement you feel watching these comedic geniuses intensifies the emotion that you get from the anthemic tune. It's like feeling guilty when you masturbate. Or something like that.
A silly Jason Bateman eggs the others on, Will Forte stays totally in Mighty Wind character, Jason Sudeikis pulls out the emotional faces and exaggerated folk guitar moves, and Ed Helms fumbles with instruments, acting out the songs' lyrics.
Right before a scene parodying O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the video comes to its homoerotic high point with Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte mouth to mouth in a passionate embrace. Watch the smooch for yourself and feel all the feelings in the world.